Joey Votto is officially over the hill. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman turns 40 years old today and is expected to return to the active roster after a brief stint on the IL due to shoudler fatigue.
Votto has spent the past two days rehabbing at Triple-A Louisville. Votto went 2-for-6 in his rehab assignment with a double and two RBI.
While Votto is expected to be back in the Reds lineup this afternoon, at 40 years old, he is not the oldest player in Major League Baseball this season. Believe it or not, there are several players in MLB who are actually older than Votto.
Which active MLB players are older than Reds first baseman Joey Votto?
When the 2023 season began, six players were actually older than Joey Votto. Jesse Chavez, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Adam Wainwright, Nelson Cruz, and Rich Hill are all older than Votto.
In terms of players on active rosters, however, there are only four players older than Votto. Chavez, now with the Atlanta Braves, is on the 60-day IL and Cruz was designated for assignment earlier this year by the San Diego Padres.
Votto will actually be on the field today with one of the oldest players in the majors in Cardinals pitcher Adaam Wainwright. All signs point to this being Waino's last season in the big leagues after the right-hander has posted a 3-11 record and watched his ERA jump to 8.19. Wainwright just turned 42 years old.
This is also likely to be the final season for two-time MVP and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera. The Detroit Tigers star is likely to hang up his cleats at season's end and will undoubtedly be immortalized in Cooperstown in the near future.
What does the future hold for Joey Votto? That's a very interesting question, and one that both Votto and Cincinnati Reds management will have to discuss at length after the 2023 season comes to close.
Votto is in the final guaranteed year of the 10-year contract extension he signed in 2012, but has a $20-million team-option for the 2024 season that contains a $7-million buyout. Is this Joey Votto's final season in Cincinnati? We'll have to wait and see.